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Wanted: community researcher

We're looking for a community researcher to support a six-month project called 'Going nowhere fast?'. The project will explore the root causes of structural racism in Birmingham.

 

Background

This is a short-term role with the opportunity for extension. The purpose of the role is to connect with local community and voluntary sector groups and other individuals to discuss their perceptions of the root causes of racial inequality in Birmingham and how this shows up in their lives, work, and communities.


The postholder would work collaboratively with brap and The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) to gather findings which would help organisations who aspire to eradicate race inequality. In particular, we hope to support these organisations to understand how some of their efforts may continue to reinforce structural racism and where there are opportunities to disrupt this. This work intends to go beyond the usual action plans and revisions to policy that organisations often produce in the name of promoting race equality. We hope to amplify the voices and experiences of those at the chalk-face who often have to deal with the ineffective efforts of the ‘system’ in our city.

 

Key tasks

Key features of the role will include the following (supported by brap/TAWS colleagues):

  • Identifying groups/individuals who may want to speak to share their views and experiences

  • Being able to communicate the project and its ambitions in terms which can be understood

  • Undertaking outreach and engagement with local community groups/voluntary organisations/individuals who are interested in sharing their perspectives

  • Capturing information that people share (this could be via audio, video, pictorial or written format)

  • Providing opportunities for people to stay connected with the project

  • Analyzing what local groups and individuals think and feel about the structural causes of racism and sharing this through written/video output

 

Person specification

  • Passionate about racial justice

  • Understand how to undertake outreach and community engagement

  • Able to work equitably with communities (recognising how to build supportive relationships that aren’t extractive)

  • Organised enough to capture data accurately and to collate and share it

  • Able to operate within data protection guidelines

  • Able to listen and communicate effectively

  • Able to build networks and maintain relationships with a range of organisations and individuals

 

Terms

  • six-month project, fixed-term contract

  • three days a week

  • salary: £35k pro rata (21 hours per week)

 

Timescales

  • Outreach and engagement activity: April to June 2023

  • Collating and analyzing findings: June to August 2023

 

To apply for this role, please send a CV and cover letter (max 2 pages) outlining why you find the role interesting and how you meet the person specification. Send completed applications to to Asif Afridi (Deputy CEO, brap) at asifa@brap.org.uk.


Please email any queries or questions to the same address.


Deadline for applications is 5pm 21 April 2023.

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